Confirmation of Funds API Specification - v3.1

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This is the baseline version. No change from RC3.

Swagger URLs updated to point to latest stable version.

3.1-draft1 OB R/W API Team

This is the initial draft version for 3.1

Errata:

  • Typos and grammar fixes.
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Swagger Specification links updated

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3.1OB R/W API Team

Version 3.1 final release.

No changes from Version 3.1 RC1.

Updated swagger links to latest release candidate.

Overview

This specification describes the Confirmation of Funds API flows and payloads.

The API endpoints described here allow a Card Based Payment Instrument Issuer ('CBPII') to: 

  • Register an intent to confirm funds by creating a "funds confirmation consent" resource with an ASPSP, for agreement between the PSU and ASPSP. This consent is a long lived consent, and contains the length of time (expiration date) the customer (PSU) would like to provide to the CBPII; and 
  • Subsequently make a request to confirm funds are available.
    • Funds can only be confirmed against the currency of the account.

This specification should be read in conjunction with the Read/Write Data API Specification which provides a description of the elements that are common across all the Read/Write Data APIs.

Document Structure

This document consists of the following parts:

Overview: Provides an overview of the scope of the API and the key decisions and principles that contributed to the specification.

Basics: Identifies the resources, operations that are permitted on those resources, and various special cases.

Endpoints: Provides the list of endpoints for the API specification.

Security & Access Control: Specifies the means for CBPIIs to authenticate themselves and provide consent.

Swagger Specifications: Provides links to the swagger specifications for the APIs.

Resources (sub pages): Describes endpoints and data models for individual resources.

Usage Examples (sub page): Examples for normal flows, and alternate flows.

Basics

Overview

The diagram below provides a general outline of a confirmation of funds request and flow using the Confirmation of Funds APIs. It assumes a CBPII has issued a card to a PSU, and the PSU would like to use a PSD2 in-scope account as a funding mechanism for that card.


Steps

The Consent model for the Confirmation of Funds API differs to the Payments API and the Account and Transactions API, as the consent is held between the PSU and the ASPSP, rather than between the PSU and the TPP. Whilst the flow follows the same process, the context for each step has a different meaning and is detailed below.

Step 1: Agree Funds Confirmation

  • This flow begins with a PSU committing to give explicit consent, to their ASPSP to respond to confirmation of funds requests from the CBPII.

Step 2: Setup Funds Confirmation Consent

  • The CBPII connects to the ASPSP that services the PSU's account(s) and creates a funds-confirmation-consent resource. This informs the ASPSP that one of its PSUs would like to grant access to confirm the availability of funds to a CBPII. The ASPSP responds with an identifier for the resource (the ConsentId - which is the intent identifier).
  • This step is carried out by making a POST request to the /funds-confirmation-consents endpoint, under a client credentials grant.
  • The setup payload will include these fields:
    • Debtor Account - mandatory debtor account details to capture the account from which the availability of funds will be confirmed.
    • Expiration Date Time - an optional expiration for when the CBPII will no longer have access to confirm funds on a PSU's account.

Step 3: Agree Funds Confirmation Consent

  • The CBPII requests the PSU to agree the consent. The ASPSP may carry this out by using a redirection flow or a decoupled flow.
    • In a redirection flow, the CBPII redirects the PSU to the ASPSP.
      • The redirect includes the ConsentId generated in the previous step.
      • This allows the ASPSP to correlate the funds-confirmation-consent that was setup.
      • The ASPSP authenticates the PSU.
      • The PSU gives explicit consent to the ASPSP to respond to confirmation of funds requests from the CBPII.
      • The ASPSP updates the state of the funds-confirmation-consent resource internally to indicate that the resource has been authorised.
      • Once the consent has been authorised, the PSU is redirected back to the CBPII.
    • In a decoupled flow, the ASPSP requests the PSU to authorise consent on an authentication device that is separate from the consumption device on which the PSU is interacting with the CBPII.
      • The decoupled flow is initiated by the CBPII calling a back-channel authorisation request.
      • The request contains a 'hint' that identifies the PSU paired with the consent to be authorised.
      • The ASPSP authenticates the PSU.
      • The PSU gives explicit consent to the ASPSP to respond to confirmation of funds requests from the CBPII.
      • The ASPSP updates the state of the funds-confirmation-consent resource internally to indicate that the resource has been authorised.
      • Once the consent has been authorised, the ASPSP can make a callback to the PISP to provide an access token.

Step 4: Initiate Card Payment

  • A card payment is initiated by the PSU (directly or indirectly). This process is outside the scope of the Confirmation of Funds API.

Step 5: Confirm Funds

  • The CBPII connects to the ASPSP that services the PSU's account(s) and creates a funds-confirmation resource. This informs the ASPSP that the CBPII would like to confirm funds are available in the specific payment account.
  • The ASPSP responds with a yes/no (boolean) for the resource.
  • This step is carried out by making a POST request to the /funds-confirmations endpoint, under an authorization code grant.
  • The setup payload will include these fields - which describe the data that the PSU has consented with the CBPII:
    • Amount - the amount to be confirmed available.
    • ConsentId - an Id that relates the request to a funds-confirmation-consent, and specific account with the ASPSP. This Id must match the intent identifier.

Step 6: Get Funds Confirmation Consent Status

  • The CBPII may check the status of the funds-confirmation-consent resource (with the ConsentId).
  • This step is carried out by making a GET request to the /funds-confirmation-consents endpoint, under a client credentials grant.

Sequence Diagram

Idempotency

The API endpoints for creating funds-confirmation-consent and funds-confirmation resources are not idempotent.

If a time-out error occurs, we would expect a CBPII to create a new resource, rather than try with the same resource. This is particularly relevant for the funds-confirmation resource, where the availability of funds may have changed between requests.

Release Management

This section overviews the release management and versioning strategy for the Account And Transaction API.

Funds Confirmation Consent

POST

  • A CBPII must not create a consent on a newer version, and use it on a previous version.
    • E.g., ConsentId for a funds-confirmation-consent resource created in v4, must not be used to access v3 endpoints.

GET

  • A CBPII must not access a funds-confirmation-consent on an older version, via the ConsentId created in a newer version. 
    • E.g., a funds-confirmation-consent created in v3 accessed via v2.
  • An ASPSP must allow a funds-confirmation-consent to be accessed in a newer version.
  • An ASPSP must ensure details in the funds-confirmation-consent are unchanged when accessed via a newer version.
    • E.g., a ConsentId created in v3 will have the same details when accessed via v3 and v4.
  • An ASPSP may allow expired funds-confirmation-consents to be accessed in a newer version.

DELETE

  • A CBPII must not delete a funds-confirmation-consent on an older version via a ConsentId created in a newer version.
    • E.g., A funds-confirmation-consent is created in v4, and request DELETE on v3.
  • An ASPSP must support deleting a funds-confirmation-consent from a previous version via a newer version.
    • E.g., A funds-confirmation-consent is created in v3, and request DELETE on v4.

Funds Confirmation Resource

POST

  • A CBPII may use a ConsentId created in a previous version to create a funds-confirmation resource in a newer version.
    • E.g., a ConsentId created in v3 can be used as a ConsentId in v4, to POST /funds-confirmations.
  • A CBPII must not use a ConsentId created in a newer version to create Funds Confirmation resource in a previous version.
    • E.g., a ConsentId created in v4, must not be used as a ConsentId in v3, to POST /funds-confirmations.
  • A CBPII may use a token that is bound to a funds-confirmation-consent in a previous version, to access an endpoint of a newer version.
  • An ASPSP must allow a ConsentId from previous version to create a funds-confirmation resource in a newer version, provided it has not expired.
  • An ASPSP must not allow a ConsentId from a newer version to create a funds-confirmation resource in a previous version.

Endpoints

This section looks at the list of available API endpoints to access Confirmation of Funds data and optionality (definitions of mandatory, conditional or optional are defined in the Design Principles section in Read/Write Data API Specification). 

For detail on the request and response objects refer to the Data Model section of the specification.

We have specified the "mandatory" endpoints for the functioning of the Confirmation of Funds APIs.

Security & Access Control

Scopes

The access tokens required for accessing the Confirmation of Funds APIs must have at least the following scope:

Grants Types

CBPIIs must use a client credentials grant to obtain a token to make POST requests to the funds-confirmation-consent endpoint. In the specification, this grant type is referred to as "Client Credentials".

CBPIIs must use an authorization code grant using a redirect or decoupled flow to obtain a token to make POST requests to the funds-confirmation endpoint. When accessing, the intent-id in the token must match the ConsentId in the message payload. In the specification, this grant type is referred to as "Authorization Code".

CBPIIs must use a client credentials grant to obtain a token to make GET requests.

Consent Authorisation 

The CBPII must create a funds-confirmation-consent resource through a POST operation. This resource outlines the consent that the CBPII claims the PSU has committed to agreeing with the ASPSP, to retrieve confirmation of funds information. At this stage, the consent is not yet agreed between the PSU and the ASPSP.

The ASPSP responds with a ConsentId. This is the intent-id that is used when initiating the authorization code grant (as described in the Trust Framework).

As part of the authorization code grant:

  • The ASPSP authenticates the PSU.
  • The ASPSP plays back the consent (registered by the CBPII) back to the PSU - to agree the consent. The PSU may agree or decline the consent in its entirety (but not selectively).

Once these steps are complete, the consent is considered to have been agreed between the ASPSP and the PSU.

Consent Elements

The funds-confirmation-consent resource consists of the following fields, which together form the elements of the consent provided by the PSU to the CBPII:

  • DebtorAccount: The account to which the consent has been applied.
    • The field is mandatory, as the consent for CBPII access to a PSU's data must be for a specific account known to the PSU and the CBPII.
  • ExpirationDateTime: The date-time up to which the consent is valid.
    • The field is optional, as the consent for CBPII access to a PSU's data may be indefinite.

Funds Confirmation Consent Status

The funds-confirmation-consent resource may have one of the following status codes after authorisation has taken place:


StatusDescription
1AuthorisedThe Funds Confirmation Consent has been successfully authorised.
2RejectedThe Funds Confirmation Consent has been rejected.
3RevokedThe Funds Confirmation Consent has been revoked via the ASPSP interface.

Consent Re-authentication

The funds-confirmation-consent resource is a long lived consent. A funds-confirmation-consent can be re-authenticated if:

  • the funds-confirmation-consent resource has a status of Authorised and
  • The ExpirationDateTime, if specified, has not elapsed 

Consent Revocation

A PSU may revoke consent for confirming funds at any point in time.

The PSU may request the ASPSP to revoke consent that it has authorised. The mechanisms for this are in the competitive space and are up to each ASPSP to implement in the ASPSP's banking interface.

The PSU may request the CBPII to revoke consent that it has authorised. If consent is revoked with the CBPII:

  • The CBPII must call the DELETE operation on the funds-confirmation-consent resource to indicate to the ASPSP that the PSU has revoked consent.
  • The CBPII must cease to access the APIs at that point.

Swagger Specification

The Swagger Specification for Confirmation of Funds APIs can be downloaded from the following links: